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How Is Community Property Transferred When a Spouse Dies?

In community property states like Texas, most property acquired by either spouse during a marriage is by law jointly owned by both of them. Upon divorce, the community property is evenly split. But what happens when a husband or wife dies while the marriage is in effect? Does the surviving spouse get everything or do Read More

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What Must You Disclose When Selling a Home in Texas?

Whether you’re selling the home you’ve lived in for years or flipping the fixer-upper you’ve refurbished, you’ll need to make a series of disclosures to the prospective buyer before any deal can be finalized. Texas law requires home sellers to inform buyers of material defects in the property that may affect its value. Usually, these Read More

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What Property Received By A Spouse During Marriage Is Not Community Property?

Divorce can be a confusing and contentious process. Separating oneself from a spouse becomes even more difficult when attempting to divide assets and property. To fully understand how process and possible outcomes, one must understand the difference between marital property and separate property. Texas is a community property state, which means that any assets or Read More

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Is a Will Essential to Estate Planning in Texas?

While there is no legal requirement in Texas to have a will, it is highly advisable for an individual to draft one as part of planning an estate. A properly drawn will allows an individual to control the distribution of their assets following their death. A will can also be used to carry out other Read More

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How Texas Bankruptcy Exemptions Are Preferable to Those in Federal Law

Bankruptcy is a legal process that allows people and entities to be discharged from paying all or part of their debts to creditors. It’s a common fear that filing for bankruptcy will result in the loss of one’s hard-earned assets. While it is true that some property may have to be sold off, there are Read More

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What Are the Advantages of an LLC Under the Texas Business Organizations Code?

Entrepreneurs forming a business must decide which type of organizational structure best suits them. There are several types of business entities recognized under Texas law, among them partnerships and corporations. A third type — the limited liability company, or LLC — combines elements of both, in that it is subject to lesser regulation than corporations Read More

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Will You Get Property Tax Relief Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency?

Governments and even some private businesses have worked to ease the burden on people who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For people who are concerned about losing their home after being laid off or seeing their business revenue plummet, programs have been established to offer rent and mortgage relief. While many will Read More

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Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation Read More

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Could the COVID-19 Pandemic Lead to the End of Medical Bankruptcy?

In the middle of an election year where healthcare is already a hotly debated issue, the COVID-19 pandemic has stirred further discussion about whether major changes are necessary. During the Democratic presidential primary, the concept of Medicare for All split the candidates. While the candidate who promoted that concept has since dropped out of the Read More

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How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a Read More

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